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AI illustration symbolic of the British monarchy. Source: Julia Zarubina/Adobe Stock

The British Monarchy: An Authority That Endures Over Time (Video)


The British monarchy boasts an impressive lineage spanning over 1200 years, making it one of the oldest in the world. Through centuries marked by uprisings, revolutions, and global conflicts, its authority has remained steadfast. Its roots can be traced back to Alfred the Great in 871 AD, although the formal establishment is often attributed to William the Conqueror in 1066. William's reign marked the beginning of a centuries-long struggle for dominance over land, notably with France.

Despite occasional challenges such as the Magna Carta in 1215, which curbed royal authority, the monarchy persisted and expanded its reach, gradually asserting control over Wales, Scotland, and parts of Ireland. The era of exploration and colonization under Queen Elizabeth I further extended the monarchy's influence, with ventures like the failed Roanoke colony marking early attempts at global expansion.

However, internal conflicts, like the English Civil War and the execution of Charles I in 1649, tested the monarchy's resilience. Yet, it endured, with the restoration of Charles II in 1660 heralding a new era of colonial expansion, notably in North America and Australia. Queen Victoria's reign marked the pinnacle of imperial power, with the British Empire reaching unprecedented heights.

Today, while the British monarch's authority is largely symbolic, the royal family still wields significant influence and possesses substantial wealth and property holdings. Despite its evolution from absolute to constitutional monarchy, the enduring authority of the British crown remains a fascinating aspect of history.

Top image: AI illustration symbolic of the British monarchy. Source: Julia Zarubina/Adobe Stock              

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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